Summer Law School

At the 20th Annual School of Law and Justice Summer Law School (December 2017 - January 2018), students were given the opportunity to enrol in exciting and academically rigorous units at the beautiful Gold Coast campus and at the SAE Byron Bay Campus.

Delivered by internationally recognised experts in their field, these units continued the summer school tradition of offering niche and non-mainstream subjects as part of an exciting and academically rigorous program.

The Summer Law School is ideal for students, lawyers, industry professionals, senior administrators and those requiring knowledge and understanding from the units on offer. Cross-institutional, non-award and international students are particularly welcome.

Legal and other professional practitioners may be eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Download the 2017-18 Law Summer School flyer.

Please contact the School of Law and Justice for more information - T: 1800 626 481 E:

2017/2018 - unit availability

LAW72007 International Business Negotiations

Session 3, 2017

Intensive dates: 11-14 December, 2017 (Group 1: 8.30am – 12.30pm / Group 2: 1.30pm – 5.30pm) at the Gold Coast campus (Rooms C614/615)

This unit provides students with an introduction to negotiations and transactional legal practice. This unit is structured around a simulated negotiation exercise where students will be actively involved in the international business negotiation process. Students will represent different international companies interested in working together to exploit a new technology. The form of collaboration could be a joint venture, a licensing agreement or a long term supply contract.

Presenter: Jay Gary Finkelstein

Jay Finkelstein practices corporate and securities law, offering three decades of experience in international and domestic negotiated transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, corporate structuring, general contractual relationships and general corporate law. Mr. Finkelstein is also a member of the adjunct faculties at Stanford, Berkeley and Georgetown law schools and has been teaching international business negotiations since 2003.

LAW10160 Public Interest Advocacy

Session 3, 2017

Intensive dates: 11-15 December, 2017 (11 – 14 December: 1.30pm – 5.30pm / Friday 15 December: 10am – 2pm) at the Gold Coast campus (Rooms C616/617)

This unit explores the theory and practice of community activism and social change with an emphasis on the intersection of law with these areas of social engagement and provides students with a broad based introduction to the skills and techniques necessary to bring about useful social change in a highly corporatised and technocratic society.

Presenter: Aidan Ricketts

Aidan Ricketts is an experienced academic and educator as well as a prominent social and environmental activist. Aidan has published extensively in the fields of law, activism and education including his recent book 'The Activists Handbook: A step-by-step guide to participatory democracy' which was published internationally by Zed books in 2012. Aidan is also a qualified educational designer with extensive experience in online and distance education.

LAW72014 Struggles, Movements and the idea of Communism 

Study Period 1, 2018

Intensive dates: 8 - 11 January, 2018 (2 – 6pm) at the SAE Byron Bay Campus (Room 32)

This unit investigates the current debate over the idea of communism. The unit examines issues such as the new cycle of struggles, class and identity and a return to communism. The contemporary critique of capitalism in a digital age (communicative capitalism) as well as the limits of media politics will be evaluated.

Presenter: Professor Jodi Dean

Jodi Dean is the Donald Harter ’39 Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She is the author or editor of twelve books, including Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (Duke 2009), The Communist Horizon (Verso 2012), and Crowds and Party (Verso 2016).

LAW72011 Why the State needs to Kill: Law, Violence and the Production of Political Authority 

Study Period 1, 2018

Intensive dates: 8 - 11 January, 2018 (9am – 1pm) at the SAE Byron Bay Campus (Room 32)

This unit introduces students to the origins and pathways of state violence and the response to that violence. This unit provides students with an opportunity to analyse and critique the way that the state’s reliance on its subjects recognising and responding to its violence renders the state vulnerable to other readings and other responses. Students are encouraged to think critically about how the question of race is frequently bound up with state violence.

Presenter: Professor James R Martel

James Martel teaches political theory at the department of political science at San Francisco State University. He works on the intersection of European political theory, critical legal studies, political theology, anarchist theory, post-colonial studies, gender studies and comparative literature. He is the author of six books, most recently The Misinterpellated Subject (Duke 2017). He is currently working on a new book entitled Unburied Bodies: The Subversive Power of the Corpse (Under review, Amherst College Press).

LAW10207 Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law

Study Period 1, 2018

Intensive dates: 14 – 17 January, 2018 (9am – 2pm) at the SAE Byron Bay Campus (Room 42)

This unit provides students with an overview of the way law and judicial systems affect the individual - be it in the position of a lawyer or a person who is in a variety of ways affected by the legal machinery in his or her daily private and public life. Students will learn how various theories reflect on the process of internalization of law, (i.e. on the very fact that people through the process of socialization need to slowly acquire an understanding about the nature of social prohibitions).

An introduction to psychological and psychoanalytic theories will help students understand why some people internalize social prohibitions and other do not. The students will get a clear understanding of how psychoanalysis, psychology and psychiatry can help legal practitioners. Students will also learn about new studies in the domain of neuroscience and their contribution to legal reasoning.

Presenter: Professor Renata Salecl

Professor Renata Salecl is a Slovene philosopher, sociologist and legal theorist. She is the author of Choice, On Anxiety and The Spoils of Freedom, to name a few. She is a senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, and holds a professorship at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has been a visiting professor at London School of Economics, lecturing on the topic of emotions and law. Every year she lectures at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, on Psychoanalysis and Law, and she has also been teaching courses on neuroscience and law. From 2012, furthermore, she is visiting professor at the Department of Social Science, Heath and Medicine at King's College London. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and she has given a well-known, much viewed TED talk on anxiety and choice.

Further information


Gold Coast campus
Southern Cross Drive
Bilinga QLD 4225

SAE Byron Bay Campus


The southern Gold Coast has a large range of accommodation options including bed and breakfasts, motels, home stays, guesthouses, apartments, youth hostels and backpacker inns.

The SAE Byron Bay campus offers purpose built budget accommodation on campus. Booking enquiries and requests can be sent to


Gold Coast: Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is located beside the Gold Coast airport.

Byron Bay: The SAE Byron Bay Campus is a 5 minute drive from the Byron Bay CBD, a 30 minute drive from the Ballina/ Byron Gateway airport and 45 minutes from the Gold Coast airport.